Employment Statistics

Data scientist is one of the top three fastest growing jobs, according to LinkedIn’s 2020 Emerging Jobs Report. To reinforce the projected job growth, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the demand for data science skills will drive a 27.9 percent rise in employment in the field through 2026. 

By working with experts in diverse domains, applying data science to real-world issues, and learning both the practical application of data science and the principles behind it, our students are poised to become leaders and pioneers in the field.

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M.S. in Data Science, Residential

From machine learning engineering in San Francisco to data analysis in Washington, D.C., our M.S. in Data Science graduates build on the foundational academic and experiential education to further their careers in the fields of business, culture, medicine, politics, and more.  

2021 MSDS Residential Employment Statistics

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Sample Job Titles

  • Associate
  • AI/Autonomy Engineer
  • Consultant
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Engineer
  • Data Science Associate
  • Data Scientist
  • Deployment Strategist
  • Director of Data Science
  • Engagement Manager
  • Financial Engineering
  • Machine Learning Consultant
  • Machine Learning Engineer
  • Modeling & Simulation Specialist
  • Management Analyst
  • Product Data Analyst
  • Research Associate/Analyst
  • Research Data Engineer
  • Senior Associate Data Scientist
  • Senior Statistician
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Engineer

Sample Hiring Companies

  • Accenture
  • Alright Solutions
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • APT 
  • Argus
  • Azimuth1
  • Bain & Company
  • Bluestone Analytics
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Capital One
  • CCRi
  • Chewy
  • Center for Naval Analyses
  • Cognizant
  • ComScore
  • Deloitte
  • Department of Defense
  • Detroit Lions
  • EY
  • Facebook
  • Fannie Mae
  • Finch Computing
  • Global Risk Intelligence
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Hamilton Beach Brands, Inc.
  • Health IQ
  • Human Geo
  • IBM
  • Kaleo
  • Kennedy & Company Education Strategies
  • KPMG
  • Los Angeles Chargers
  • LMI
  • Merkle
  • Metis Machine
  • Minnesota Twins
  • MITRE
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Nielsen
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Notch
  • Opex Analytics
  • Oracle
  • Palantir
  • Procter & Gamble
  • PwC
  • RedHat
  • Riskspan
  • RS Energy
  • S&P Global Market Intelligence
  • Springbok
  • Synchronoss Technologies, Inc.
  • Thomson Reuters
  • TwinThread
  • United Network for Organ Sharing
  • U.S. Bank
  • Verisk Analytics
  • West Creek Financial
  • Yale School of Medicine

M.S. in Data Science, Online

Many of the M.S. in Data Science, Online students pursue the part-time program while fully employed. They complete the program across five terms, or 20 months. The first graduating cohorts in 2021 reported strong employment statistics, including half transitioning or pivoting into a new career.   

ms in data science online 2021 employment statistics

Sample Job Descriptions

  • Data Engineer
  • Associate Data Scientist
  • Senior Data Analyst
  • Senior Data Engineer
  • Junior Data Scientist
  • Cost and Value Engineer
  • Assistant Professor
  • Data Scientist
  • Advanced Analytics Product Manager
  • Investment Portfolio Manager
  • Data Systems Programmer II
  • Consultant
  • Data Analyst
  • Senior Software Engineer
  • Senior Quantitative Analytics and Model Analyst
  • Senior Data Scientist
  • Senior Manager, Data Science
  • Product Data Analyst
  • Branch Chief, Program Analysis & Evaluation

Sample Hiring Companies

  • APT
  • Argus
  • Arimo
  • Bain & Company
  • Bank of America
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Capital One
  • CCRi
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Chewy
  • Comscore
  • Deloitte
  • Department of Defense
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Enverus
  • EY
  • EY Data & Analytics Group
  • Fannie Mae
  • Global Risk Intelligence
  • Green Bay Packers
  • Health IQ
  • HumanGeo
  • IBM
  • ITG
  • Kaléo
  • KPMG
  • KPMG Lighthouse
  • LMI
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • ManTech
  • McKinsey & Company
  • Meetup
  • Merkle
  • MITRE
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Morgan Stanley
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Navy Federal Credit Union
  • Nielsen
  • Nor1 (Oracle)
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Notch (Capital One)
  • Opex Analytics (Llamasoft)
  • Palantir
  • Procter & Gamble
  • PwC
  • Radius
  • Red Hat
  • Relevantz
  • RiskSpan
  • Riviera Partners
  • S&P Global Market Intelligence
  • Sila
  • Skafos
  • Spectrum
  • Springbok Analytics
  • Summitworks
  • Swiss Re Group
  • Teqqa
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Tranzlogic
  • U.S. Bank
  • University of Virginia Health System
  • University of Virginia, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
  • USA Today
  • Verisk
  • Wells Fargo
  • Workday

Ph.D. in Data Science

The Ph.D. in Data Science at the University of Virginia launched in 2022 and there currently is no employment data for doctoral graduates. The program is designed to open career paths in academic, industry, or government.